Pagan News and Views Since 1998
13 January 2012
I am driving through rural North Carolina, headed toward Eden – up north of Greenville – and kind of having flash backs to my growing up. During my growing up years, I always lived just outside of Chattanooga, TN. As I drive, I’m seeing the hardwood stands, the houses, the barns, it’s just making me feel a bit nostalgic. It’s a beautiful country, even in January. As I drive through here in the winter time; the hardwood stands are all free of their leaves. It’s a sunny day – it’s beautiful, beautiful weather. Passing horse farms and a cattle farm once on the way, it’s just a nice drive.
It kind of makes you think about the simplicity in life, and some of the things that we’ve missed as we’ve left behind our agrarian roots. We have forgotten the lifestyle of our ancestors that founded our faiths and how they lived so close to the land. Driving through this countryside, here in North Carolina, there is a sense of what we have lost. It makes me feel a little bit like I would like to live closer to the land than I do.
We are so separated from our roots. We get our vegetables from cans and our meat on little styrofoam plates wrapped in plastic. Most people really don’t know where their food comes from. We don’t really understand the cycles of earth that we try to celebrate in our Sabbats. But returning, even a little bit, to living with the land would give us a greater appreciation of the Sabbats, the turning of the wheel of the year, and the cycles that our ancestors understood.
So, anyway, next entry will be after I’ve met with Phoenix Fire Star Rising, Ashley Evans, Ashley Laing, and their families up in Eden.